By Matt Artz
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 at 9:20 pm in Uncategorized.
That’s the inside of the theater in Centerville that used to be called the Center Theater or the Park Theater, but is now the Afghan Cultural Arts Theater, which will have live performances and serve as a television studio for a planned Afghan satellite television network.
That’s a bummer to Centerville folks who wanted the city to buy the theater and turn it into a community theater.
The city had the theater appraised, and offered the appraised price last year, but the theater owner rejected the offer. He had taken out loans against the theater, and the new Afghan television operator says he’s going take over the loans, which will make him the theater’s owner.
He thinks he can make it work, even though he’s paying above the appraised value, and the city didn’t expect to make money from a community theater. Hopefully, there’s a lot of money in Afghan satellite television
Read my story about it here.
One tidbit I didn’t mention in the story. The theater’s grand opening is a concert scheduled for Saturday. But the theater’s use permit doesn’t allow concerts. The new operator is now calling it a “grand opening” with music. But if the city thinks it’s a concert, it could shut it down.
Interesting to see what happens Saturday. I’ll be in Great Neck.